Tales from the frontier


If you've never seen "Lonesome Dove," watch it tonight on the Family Channel -- television doesn't get much better than this.

"Beverly Hills Family Robinson" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dyan Cannon is a perfect homemaker who displays her skills on TV, Martin Mull her dentist husband, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan O'Donohue their spoiled kids. Wouldn't you know it, their lives get turned upside down when they're kidnapped by South Seas pirates and forced to survive on a deserted island. ABC.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Beloved Uncle Theodore (David Ogden Stiers), a concert pianist who lost his son during the Civil War, visits Dr. Quinn. CBS.

Figure skating (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Boitano, Yamaguchi, Gordeeva, Browning, Witt, et. al. compete in the finals of the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, taped last month at the USAir Arena in Landover. NBC.

"Early Edition" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gary's edition of tomorrow's-newspaper-today reveals that a mobster's girlfriend is going to be murdered after she testifies in court. CBS.


"Powder" (11: 30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m., repeats 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- What a waste of a film: Mary Steenburgen is the social worker and Lance Henriksen the sheriff whose lives are changed when they meet Powder, an albino teen-ager with amazing powers (like, he can see into the future and he's a human electromagnet).

"Lonesome Dove" (7 p.m.-11 p.m., Family Channel) -- Here's one of the best TV movies ever, a film unstinting in its portrayal of the West as less than heroic, but more a place where stubborn fanatics -- and they were fanatics about a variety of things -- ruled. Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall are former Texas Rangers who decide the future lies in driving a cattle herd north to Montana. Duvall won a heap of acting honors, but the real wonder is Jones' Woodrow Call. Great stuff.

"Super Bowl Saturday Night" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., TNT) -- The NFL helps all of America get ready for the Big Day tomorrow by naming its Player, Coach and Man of the Year. Plus, see what a great time everyone is having in New Orleans.

Pub Date: 1/25/97

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